Swimmers confirmed for 2023-2024 World Class Programme

25 Oct 2023

A total of 54 swimmers have been invited on to British Swimming’s World Class Programme (WCP) for the 2023-2024 season, with just over nine months to go until the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The new list follows a spectacular summer in the pool, which saw eight medals – including two world titles – secured at the World Aquatics Championships, as well as a plethora of podium placings at the European Under-23 and Junior Championships, European Youth Olympic Festival and Commonwealth Youth Games.

The athletes on the WCP – from multiple Olympic champions and world-record holders to potential Olympians of the future – are named off the back of a thorough selection process, including an in-depth assessment of their capability to be successful at future Olympics and World Championships.

Matt Richards, James Guy and Duncan Scott are among the gold medallists from this year’s World Championships on the Podium list, which also features triple Olympic champion Adam Peaty and fellow Tokyo champions Kathleen Dawson, Freya Anderson and Anna Hopkin.

There are also a range of athletes on the Podium Potential programme who make the list for the first time, including European Junior champion Amelie Blocksidge – the youngest member on the programme, European Junior medallist Phoebe Cooper and Alexander Cohoon, who reached the podium at August’s inaugural European Under-23 Championships in Dublin.

Swimmers across the World Class Programme are part of either Podium or Podium Potential tiers. They will receive programme opportunities and targeted support from British Swimming and UK Sport.

Matt Richards 200m Free Fukuoka celebration [GettyImages]
World champion Richards headlines the list

Key competition opportunities and training camp experiences throughout the season are among the benefits for WCP athletes, while there is access to comprehensive support from the world-leading British Swimming performance and sports science and medicine support staff, plus access to a network of national Institute of Sport programmes across the UK.

British Swimming’s Performance Director Chris Spice is full of optimism ahead of the coming Olympic season, which will also feature European and world-level competitions and a host of other competitive opportunities – and he knows the potential across this 54-strong list of athletes.

“With a set of impressive performances under their belts from the previous season, the challenge for our swimmers now is to move on from that and make the improvements required as we move into an Olympic year”, said Spice.

“We’ve had tremendous success in the years following the last Olympics in Tokyo, and we’re in a great position to build on that heading towards Paris next summer, with the commitment and technical abilities of our athletes supported by world-class coaches and staff at all levels.

“With the 2023-2024 season presenting the added hurdle of a World Championships to contend with, the focus is still very much on managing our swimmers’ loads and ensuring that we get the very best out of those that will step on the blocks at the Olympic Games.”

Swimmers invited onto the 2023-2024 World Class Programme (WCP)


Freya Anderson, Bath Performance Centre (England)

Lewis Burras, Loughborough University (England)

Freya Colbert, Loughborough Performance Centre (England)

Kathleen Dawson, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Thomas Dean, Bath Performance Centre (England)

Luke Greenbank, Loughborough Performance Centre (England)

James Guy, Millfield School (England)

Medi Harris, Loughborough Performance Centre (Wales)

Lucy Hope, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Anna Hopkin, Loughborough Performance Centre (England)

Daniel Jervis, Swim Wales High Performance Centre (Wales)

Joe Litchfield, Loughborough Performance Centre (England)

Oliver Morgan, University of Birmingham (England)

Adam Peaty, Loughborough Performance Centre (England)

Jacob Peters, Bath Performance Centre (England)

Benjamin Proud, University of Bath (England)

Matthew Richards, Millfield School (Wales)

Duncan Scott, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Katie Shanahan, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Laura Stephens, Loughborough Performance Centre (England)

Jacob Whittle, Bath Performance Centre (England)

James Wilby, Loughborough Performance Centre (England)

Brodie Williams, Bath Performance Centre (England)

Abbie Wood, Loughborough Performance Centre (England)

Podium Potential

Jonathon Adam, Bath Performance Centre (England)

Amelie Blocksidge, City of Salford SC (England)

Cameron Brooker, Bath Performance Centre (England)

Charlie Brown, Loughborough Performance Centre (England)

Skye Carter, Basildon & Phoenix SC (England)

Alexander Cohoon, Loughborough University (England)

Phoebe Cooper, City of Sheffield (England)

Lauren Cox, Loughborough University (England)

Evelyn Davis, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Evie Dilley, Millfield School (England)

Lucy Grieve, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Kara Hanlon, Edinburgh University (Scotland)

Robbie Hemmings, Bath Performance Centre (England)

Charlie Hutchison, Loughborough Performance Centre (Scotland)

Evan Jones, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Blythe Kinsman, Mount Kelly (England)

Emily Large, Millfield School (England)

Keanna MacInnes, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Jack McMillan, University of Stirling (Northern Ireland)

Tyler Melbourne-Smith, Loughborough University (Wales)

Edward Mildred, Bath Performance Centre (England)

Eva Okaro, Repton (England)

Alexander Painter, Millfield School (England)

Hector Pardoe, Loughborough University (Wales)

Sienna Robinson, Loughborough University (England)

Reuben Rowbotham-Keating, Loughborough University (England)

Leah Schlosshan, City of Leeds SC (England)

George Smith, University of Stirling (England)

Matthew Ward, Bath Performance Centre (Scotland)

Elliot Woodburn, Millfield School (England)